Today, I thought I’d treat you to some knitted gables as well as some real ones. From three skeins of fingering-weight merino non-superwash yarn I’ve knit another Thús 2. Casting on 119 stitches, I made it wider than in the pattern. Then I knit, knit, knit, and knit, row after row of houses, making it longer than the original too, ending up with a 51cm/20” by 2.14m/84¼” wrap. Here you can see how big it is:
I like wearing it like this, with the ends criss-crossed:
Or wrapped around my neck once and knotted:
The gables in my wrap are very simple, rather like the gable of our own home only with an extra pair of windows.
Far simpler than the many beautiful and interesting gables we saw during a visit to the Frisian city of Bolsward in August. There were stepped gables, like this one with its decorative anchor plates and a man’s and a woman’s head above the first-floor windows:
The stepped gable from 1741 below, with a pair of scissors in the centre, must have belonged to a tailor once.
There were simple bell gables:
And ornate ones, with swags and frills everywhere:
As well as interesting and fancy gables that seem more modern to me (but I am not knowledgeable enough to tell you from what period or style this one is) :
It was fun walking along the canals wearing how-many-different-gables-can-I-find glasses.
Well, back to my own simple, hand knit gables. If you’d like to copy them, my Ravelry notes can be found here.
There are other knits on my needles now – a simple navy blue cardigan for everyday wear, a jacket for our grandson, swatches for a new design of my own and a pair of mittens for a gift. More about those when I’m a little further along. I hope you have enough to occupy your hands, too. Because, what can be nicer than spending the darkening evenings knitting?